Coventry University: Embedded Systems Engineering

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Computing, Electronics and Maths
Study type Taught


Are you interested in how to programme computers, mobile phones or gaming devices? Would you like to learn how to design and create your own operating systems?

If you have studied or have professional experience in electronics or computing, this Master’s course is designed to expand your knowledge of and expertise in technologies associated with embedded microprocessor applications.

A broad range of taught subjects combines the fundamentals of electronics, including VHDL, microprocessor applications and robotics, with specialist knowledge of new developments like the Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless intelligent systems.

We cover advanced architectures and system design for a variety of embedded operating platforms, including field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and microcontrollers. More importantly, we focus on how such operating systems are applied in real-world environments, used to collect date from their environments and transfer this data from people-to-people or people-to-computers, for example.

At Coventry, we believe that studying engineering should be so much more than just learning theory and passing examinations. Instead, we place an emphasis on practical work to provide you with a well-rounded skill set. To strengthen your software development skills, for instance, you will have the opportunity to study multiple programming languages, including VHDL, C, Java, Linux and Matlab.

We have extensive industry links, collaborating with a broad range of commercial partners, such as IBM, Invensys and Jaguar Land Rover to name just a few, which help us to create industry themed research projects. You’ll also have access to cutting-edge IT facilities to support your learning, including proprietary development systems from the likes of Texas and Motorola.

Key Course Benefits * Electronics is an international business, so we encourage a global perspective throughout our teaching.

  • High levels of postgraduate student satisfaction – 88%, above the sector average of 84%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

  • Well-equipped dedicated electronics laboratory and CISCO laboratory, featuring a variety of microprocessor and field programmable gate array platforms.

  • Regular expert guest lectures, which previously have covered topics such as Skype lectures on VHDL from industrialists aboard and seminars from the professional bodies on a variety of current topics from electrical vehicles to cybersecurity.

  • On and off site access to commercial engineering software, such as 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multibody Systems for design and simulation, as well as training in industry standard Catia, HyperWorks, STAR-CCM+, SIMPACK software.

  • Study in our state-of-the-art £50m Engineering and Computing building, with access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition This programme will go forward for Partial CEng (Further Learning) accreditation by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2019. Formal accreditation can only be granted after an accreditation visit and approval from the IET’s Academic Accreditation Committee.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching and …

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